Make more pool shots with a clear positive thought

In pool there is an importance to not thinking any negative thoughts right before or during a shot that you want to make.  All pool players have experienced missing right after thinking that they would miss.  This negative thought could have crept in before they got down to shoot, or in the instant before they pulled the trigger. As an exercise for your next time at the table in practice or even in competition, and especially on longer “tougher” shots, I want you to tell yourself “this ball is going in” at different times before your shot.  You can even keep it going like a meditation mantra and don’t stop until the ball actually does go into the pocket. Saying the entire phrase “this ball is going in” or “this shot is going in” could even be too long and distracting to say in your mind as you are about to shoot, so for that time right before and during your last stroke, you can just saying the single word “in” for simplicity. This exercise can be used in a few different ways, 1.  To replace actual negative thoughts or doubts that you may have noticed before some         shots with a positive replacement. 2.  To calm general anxiety that could cause you to move during your delivery stroke. 3.  To proactively prevent negative thoughts or anxiety from appearing at all. You can invent your own positive phrases as well that work better for you, or custom tailor them to specific shots or situations.  It could be “I’m making this cut shot” or “I’m winning this match.” You may...
A Slight twist on an old faithful drill…

A Slight twist on an old faithful drill…

Back in 2011 I wrote and article about utilizing the “Pool table driving range”  which is the long straight in shot.  Practicing it everyday for a while will help so many different aspects of your game from aim to body alignment.  You can read the article here. Long straight in shot So the slight twist on old faithful, is to set the shot up just slightly off of straight in, and get used to the little adjustment in aim that it requires to make the shot.  Doing this will also teach you how to make the straight in shot by default.  Once you can cut slightly to the right and to the left, you’ll know that in between these is the straight in aiming line. Long almost straight in shot, slight cut to the right Long almost straight in shot, slight cut to the left A slight edge is still an edge, and it’s the accumulation of countless slight edges that will keep your game on the rise constantly.  Constant and never-ending improvement…  CANI Enjoy this powerful variation and I’ll see you soon, closer to the top! Max Eberle PS:  Check out all the cool stuff you get to help you get better at pool fast with a lifetime membership to ProPoolAcademy...
CHINA BILLIARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

CHINA BILLIARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

This January 2015 I went to Yushan, China to play in the first annual China Billiard World Championship, the game is known as Chinese 8-Ball and its basically 8-Ball on a 9 foot snooker table.  It was truly a world class event sponsored by STAR Tables out of Bejing.  There were over 300 volunteers, mostly college kids from Yushan, to help run things smoothly and take care of all the visiting players needs. I flew in to Shanghai from Seattle with my friends and top Canadian pros Stan Tarangau, Paul Potier, Simon Pickering, and Kevin Beskal and also my old friend american legend and former world champion Dan Louie, all who arrived from Vancouver after practicing at our friend and guide, Michael Ma’s pool room named Top147 in Vancouver. The Fantastic Six! L to R:  Kevin Beskal, Stan Tourangeau, Simon Pikering, Paul Potier, Max Eberle, Dan Louie Traveling with cool friends like these made for a great trip.  Michael Ma who speaks Chinese, with the help of Henry from the sponsor Star Tables, made sure we got to the location alright without getting lost in Shanghai or along the route there. On the bus to the venue with Michael Ma and company. The Chinese Billiard table is basically a 9 foot snooker table on which you play with regular size 2.25 inch diameter pool balls, in this case Cyclop brand.  The rails are snooker rails and the pockets are small snooker pockets that fit about a ball and a half going straight into the opening, down the rail requires tremendous precision and is one of the things that make...

Merry Christmas!

Twenty tracks of Christmas music (an hour+) from some of America’s greatest musicians. Enjoy! 1. ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ 1979 – Ray Charles 2. What Christmas Means to Me – Stevie Wonder 3. Joy to the world- Nat King Cole 4. White Christmas & Silent Night – Dinah Washington/Ella Fitzgerald 5. Please Come Home For Christmas – Charles Brown 6. Christmas in New Orleans & I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – Louis Armstrong & Billie Holiday. 7. O Christmas Tree – Aretha Franklin 8. White Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald 9. Merry Christmas Baby & Please Come Home For Christmas – Charles Brown 10. Ole Santa & Christmas Night In Harlem – Dinah Washington/Louis Armstrong 11. The Night Before Christmas – Louis Armstrong 12. Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald 13. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! – Ella Fitzgerald 14. One Little Christmas Tree – Stevie Wonder 15. White Christmas – Kenny Burrell 16. Let It Snow, let It Snow, Let It Snow – Frank Sinatra 17. Frosty The Snowman – Ella Fitzgerald 18. Have yourself a merry little Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald 19. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – Nancy Wilson 20. Merry Christmas from JazzontheTube.com =========================================== Click Here for lifetime access to tons of training for your pool...
More Important Than Fundamentals

More Important Than Fundamentals

One of the things I’m most know for in teaching pool is fundamentals.  I’ve been blessed receive many compliments from many top players and world champions on my own technique and I’m thankful to have helped players from dozens of countries improve their physical approach to the game and make them better players.  This pleases me as I’ve put in a ton work on my form and in teaching it to others. Today though, I want to discuss something even more important that will ultimately control how good of a player you become, and that is your philosophy.  The first component of your philosophy is your intent on how good you decide that you will become.  Not want or hope, but decide that you WILL become. You’ve got to draw the line in the sand and declare to yourself where all this work on your game must and will ultimately take you, and then you must constantly remind yourself of this target until it becomes your underlying thought and belief in yourself and where you are headed as a player. To decide means to “cut off from all other possibilities.” Being crystal clear on your target skill level will animate your thoughts and actions way beyond being a normal ball banger in the pool hall who just wants to get away from his problems or in a somewhat wishy washy way wants to get better, someday, and hopes to one day be “good enough to compete against so and so…”  Figure out exactly how good you want to be first, how far you are going to take this.  And...
7 Reasons Why I’m Thankful For You

7 Reasons Why I’m Thankful For You

Thanksgiving is a National holiday and special for everyone who enjoys time with their friends and family, a good feast and taking notice of all that we are fortunate have in our lives. Today is also my birthday and because of this, Thanksgiving has always had a very special place in my heart.  I love Thanksgiving.  I am thankful for my life and all of the abundance and experiences I’ve been blessed to have… Today’s email is dedicated to 7 reasons I’m grateful to have you as one of my PPA faithful. I am thankful because you… 1.  A rare and special person.  The caliber of Pro Pool Academy Members and those receiving my ezine is truly amazing.  Smart, cool, funny, willing and eager to learn, working to improve, & curious.  I’ve been really lucky to meet many great people through publishing all of this… 2. Encourage Me To Be My Best.  Because you expect the best (and should) instruction from me, this pushes me to constantly improve and deliver better content, programs and results. 3.  Get it.  Let’s face it, not everyone understands the obsession that comes with wanting badly to improve your pool game and doing what it takes to make it happen.  We are a rare breed!   4.  Said “yes”  It takes a lot these days to put your trust in a person or coach especially when there is so much misinformation about how to play pool.  I appreciate you putting your trust in me either as a subscriber or a member of PPA. 5.  Stay around  I have a lot of subscribers and members...

Interview with Manny PACMAN Pacquiao about improving in pool and the future of the SPORT

This past September, 2014 in the days following the Pacman Cup 10-Ball Championship, I finally negotiated a few minutes with super busy Manny to sit down and discuss the sport and what the future holds for billiards/pool.  This was after he got spa treatment following an intense early training camp session for his upcoming fight against Chris Algiri on November 22, 2014 in Macau. Pacman Bio: Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH (/?pæki.a?/ pak-ee-ow; Tagalog: [p?k?ja?];[5] born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino professional boxer, politician, actor, and singer. He is the first and only eight-division world champion,[6] in which he has won ten world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes.[7]According to Forbes, he was the 14th highest paid athlete in the world as of 2013.[8] He was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s (decade) by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA),World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). He is also a three-time The Ring and BWAA “Fighter of the Year,” winning the award in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011.[9] He is the current WBO welterweight champion[10] and is currently ranked number four on The Ring pound-for-pound list.[11] He was long rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by some sporting news and boxing websites, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, About.com, BoxRec and The Ring from his climb toLightweight until his losses in 2012.[12][13] Beyond boxing, Pacquiao has participated in basketball, business, acting, music recording and politics. In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani. He was re-elected in 2013 to the 16th Congress of the Philippines.,[14] Real name Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao Nickname(s) Pac-Man, Ang Pambansang Kamao (The Nation’s Fist), The Mexicutioner The Destroyer, Fighting Pride of the Philippines, Pambansang Ninong (National Godfather),[1]...

EFREN “BATA” REYES INTERVIEWED IN GENSAN, PHILIPPINES

“The Magician” Efren Reyes Biography Early life Reyes was born in Pampanga in 1954. He moved to Manila with his family at the age of 5. In Manila, he worked as a billiards attendant at his uncle’s billiards hall, where he started learning the various cue sports. Because he was not tall enough to reach the pool table, he played while standing on Coca-cola cases that he moved around. At night, while he was dreaming of playing pool, the pool table was his bed.[citation needed] He is called Bata, which is Tagalog for “Kid”, because there was another older pool player named Efren when he was young. To distinguish between the two, he was referred to as Efren Bata. He was also called Efrey Bata by his colleagues as a shortcut for Efren Reyes (Ef from Efren and rey from Reyes). Career Gambling from a young age, Reyes played three cushion billiards in the 1960s and 1970s. After establishing himself as a winner, he was discovered by promoters. This gave him the opportunity to compete in big time tournaments. During the 1980s, when Reyes was considered a top-class player in his homeland but not yet internationally recognized, he went to the U.S. to hustle. Popular legend claims that Reyes earned US$80,000 in a week; this feat made him a folk hero back home.[1] Reyes began winning a number of tournaments in the U.S., Europe and parts of Asia. Thus, he started to gain attention and recognition worldwide. At the start of his career, he used aliases to hide his identity so he would be allowed to compete. By the mid-1990s, he had become one of the elite players of the Philippines, alongside Jose...

FRANCISCO BUSTAMANTE “DJANGO” INTERVIEWED SEPT. 2014 IN GENSAN

BCA Hall of Famer Francisco Bustamante aka “Django,” sit’s down with me at breakfast September 20th, 2014 and discusses his life in billiards, 15-Ball Rotation, and the future of pool in the Philippines with Manny Pacquiao becoming involved… His friend and fellow legend Efren “Bata” Reyes aka “The Magician” sits by and listens before their ride to the airport before going back to Manila after a top 4 finish as doubles partners in the PACMAN CUP doubles event… Soon to be launched, the PPBA “Philippine Pool & Billiard Academy”  will be a way for them to continue building their legacy and pass on their wealth of knowledge to the next and future generations of billiard players and superstars…. Francisco Bustamante (born December 29, 1963, Philippines) is a Filipino professional pocket billiards (pool) player from Tarlac, and the 2010 World Nine-ball Champion,[1] nicknamed “Django”, after the lead character of the film of the same name,[2] and sometimes also called “Bustie”, especially in the United States  Francisco Bustamante Biography Early life Bustamante is the youngest of eight siblings. People in his vicinity nicknamed him “Django” because of his scrappy nature and the way he often appeared with a cigarette in his mouth reminded them of the movie character of that name. The character was portrayed by an Italian actor. Their father made a living through building toilets and planting rice, and Bustamante engaged himself in the activities also. His life in pool began when he worked in his sister’s pool hall, racking and spotting balls on the tables. When the patrons leave and the place closes for the night, the young Bustamante would grab a stick and practice alone.[3] He never completed high school and has...